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Vermont – Stop a Flavor Ban! (S. 24 / H. 141)
03/12/21 – Hearing: S. Cmte on Health and Welfare | Rules suspended & bill committed to Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs with the report of Committee on Health and Welfare intact, on motion of Senator Lyons
02/24/21 – Hearing: S. Cmte on Health and Welfare
02/17/21 – Hearing: S. Cmte on Health and Welfare
02/11/21 – Hearing: S. Cmte on Health and Welfare
01/28/21 – Bill committed to Committee on Health and Welfare.
01/13/21 – Introduced and referred to Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs.
01/27/21 – Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services
S. 24 and H. 141 would ban the sale of tobacco and vapor products in any flavor other than tobacco.
While S. 24 has had several hearings, representation from people who are benefiting from the availability of smoke-free alternatives is sorely lacking. A similar bill from last session also suffered from lop-sided testimony, but did not make it all the way through the process.
At this time, there are no additional hearings scheduled, but it is always a good time to reach out to your lawmakers with concerns.
Please take a moment to make contact with your officials and urge them to oppose these bills.
- Briefly, share your story about switching to vapor products. Be sure to mention the role, if any, that the variety of flavored vapor products played in your transition. It would also be helpful to mention your first exposure to e-cigarettes; did you purchase a product from a convenience store or gas station or did you instinctively know to go to a specialty vapor store?
- Flavors are an important aspect of vapor products as they help people who are quitting smoking disassociate nicotine consumption from inhaling smoke and the taste of burning tobacco.
- Prohibiting flavor options creates a barrier to becoming smoke free and, as a result, many people will actually be encouraged to continue smoking instead of making the switch to a product that is estimated to be 99% less hazardous than smoking.
- Sales of flavored smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products should not be restricted to adult-only or specialty retailers. It is important that people who smoke can see safer alternatives in retail environments where they normally purchase cigarettes.